Four Gardens in the Bible

It is such a joy for me to introduce to you my sister and brother-in-law, Rev. Ron and Diddie Rush, a couple with a great big heart for God and for people.  Scott and I and our teenagers joined Ron and Diddie at their church in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania on Easter Sunday.  They did a little “Sunday duet” where Ron does the preaching and Diddie does the power point slides.  I hope you’ll enjoy this message (condensed) as much as we did! 

With Easter Sunday approaching, I was reading and praying for two months prior, to be able to see the Resurrection in a new light.  I was reading in the Gospels (John 19:38-42) what I had read many times before but never saw it this way.  I looked at the concepts of gardens in the Bible, starting at the beginning and going right through to the end. I hope this study helps you experience your walk with the Lord in a fresh way.

The Four Gardens

The First Garden is the Garden of Eden.  God created man to have a relationship and walked in the garden with Adam and Eve.  He created man with glory and part of that glory was to have dominion over the animals.  He made the garden a place of provision, protection and absolute freedom. It was here that the Tree of Life is mentioned. The created ones then fell into sin/death and lost the garden.

The Second Garden is the Garden of Gethsemane.  Jesus was familiar with this garden by going there with his disciples and his “alone” times with the Father.  It was in this garden where Jesus had his greatest struggle but surrendered to the Father’s plan/will.

 

 

The Third Garden is beside Golgotha.  In John 19, I noticed the tomb was in a garden near Golgotha.  Interestingly, this was a new tomb with no other bodies from family members, as was the custom. It was needed because the Sabbath was close at hand and they needed to bury Jesus quickly.  This tomb was close and available.

 

 

The Fourth Garden is in the Glory of God.  This garden is in Revelation 22.  We see again that the tree of life is mentioned and the new HeavenThe Tree of Life was in the first Garden of Eden and now it is in Glory!  What I found interesting is when man was removed from the garden it was because of the connection with the Tree of Life.  When we read in Revelation 22, we see the Tree of Life on both sides of the “River of the Water of Life” and it bears twelve crops of fruit for every month, pointing again to God’s provision The leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations, showing that God is a God of restoration.

In the first garden, we lost the face to face contact with Jesus, but we will have that face to face relationship again.  Fully restored!  Every garden represents a stage in life and God is in every garden.  Because of the Resurrection, we have the hope of being restored right now in a personal relationship with Jesus and we can follow Him as Lord until we return to the future hope of seeing Jesus face to face.

There is HOPE in every Garden!

Pastor Ron and Diddie watch Hope's children while Hope's on a magazine assignment in Redding, California. Ron baptized these two girl last year.

Ron Rush is pastor of New Providence Baptist Church in New Providence, PA.  He enjoys golfing, racing, and especially his new grandson, Adam.

 

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About Lift the Cross of Jesus!

My day job is writing--I'm an author and publisher of a number of books. More on that later. But there is nothing of greater importance to me than the early morning hours I spend with the Creator of the Universe. Although He knows everything there is to know, His greatest delight isn't to give us knowledge, but to give us love. My highest joy is to watch the sun rise with notebook in hand and write the words he speaks to my heart. I want to share some of those words with you here . . . words on the cross.
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14 Responses to Four Gardens in the Bible

  1. I love your summary: There is HOPE in every garden. What a precious truth is captured in that. Thanks for sharing–and your blogging talents are shining forth. The pictures draw a reader right in! Nice job.

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  2. BillieJo, I thought the pics really helped–especially the tomb. I kind of forgot about that being a garden area. Isn’t is doubly sweet that Jesus was the seed that died and was planted in the ground–in a garden no less–and raised to life? Mary thought she met the gardener. Well, she did in a way–the gardener who shares his life with us while the dew is still on the roses.

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  3. David says:

    A note that is probably a reminder of what is already known. Gethsemane means “olive press” which is used to squeeze the oil out of the olives. Oil is used in the Temple to fuel the lamps to give light and as a picture of the Holy Spirit in anointing and giving light. Christ was “squeezed out” figuratively with what He went through in the garden, the “trials” and the cross.

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  4. Patti Greene says:

    I was researching GARDENS in the Bible, and I ran across your post. I love it. It was just what I wanted. Loved the pics. So interesting.

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  5. The mention of gardens in the bible has always struck me in my spirit, A garden is a sweet thing full of hope and promise as you mention. I appreciate how you discerned that there is a progression of gardens in the bible that is very meaningful. Grace to you brothers.

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  6. Stel Pontikes says:

    Fascinating how it began in a garden, transitions in 2 more gardens, and ends in a garden. Thanks!

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  7. I am a senior citizen who teaches people my age the Bible. I have had the gardens of the Bible on my heart for months and decided I would teach it next week. I’m researching gardens of the Bible and I found you. Such a blessing! Also the responses have helped expand my understanding of Christ’s atonement. What a God we serve!!. My heart is a garden itself where Jesus Christ is the ever blooming Rose. God bless you and your readers too.

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  8. Meriam Amy says:

    I love gardening. Reading your blog gave me a new understanding and appreciation of gardening. I find it amazing that God revealed himself to humans in all it’s power and glory in the garden. Surprizing indeed that it’s not inside a majestic cathedrals and places of worship. Fascinating.

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    • Thanks for chiming in! If we look at Song of Solomon in the Bible, the king (an analogy of Jesus Christ loving His church, His bride) compares his bride to a garden. He writes, “A garden enclosed is my sister, my bride–a fragrant orchard . . . “

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